Monthly Archives: December 2020

Light and Hope – Children and a New Year

Like everyone, I was hoping to see the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  I was disappointed when it was not visible, as it was a cloudy night.  The next day a talented local photographer, Kevin Ting, captured it. But of … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
It’s our insides that make us who we are, that allow us to dream and wonder and feel for others. That’s what’s essential. That’s what will always make the biggest difference in our world. ~…

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Saddle Up Saloon; Story Time!

I am thrilled to be featured on Saddle Up Saloon over at the Carrot Ranch. Pal and Kid had a rootin’ tootin’ time interviewing me. Boy, did we ever have fun talking about children’s books, reading, teaching, and much more. … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tradition – The Sticky Bun Lady

For thirty-something years, the sticky bun lady has delivered her treats to my house.  It started when her girls were preschoolers in my class.  Every Christmas Eve she would arrive, much like Santa.  She never missed a year. I was … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud on Christmas Eve

I wanted to read aloud to the children on Christmas Eve.  I wanted to leave them with visions of sugar plums.  Well, I wanted to give them the gift of a story.  And that’s just what I did. Last March … Continue reading

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Preschoolers, Christmas Emotions, and ‘Gloria’

The emotional roller coaster of preschoolers is in full swing at Christmastime.  Tears, yelling, hitting, not sharing – it all surfaces at this time.   I’m there to help them navigate the waters and make things right.  In the end, … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

Over a foot of snow fell yesterday. It was a winter wonderland. Since we are alone for Christmas, it will be a treat to have a white one. Light and fluffy. Windy and cold. It found it’s way into everywhere. … Continue reading

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Literary Lines

Originally posted on By Hook Or By Book:
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. ~ Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express ~

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Today’s Quote

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~ Mark Twain ~ ________ Today’s Quote

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Light, “Fairyland” and Preschool Poetry

The winter solstice draws near, and Jupiter and Saturn will come close together as the bright Christmas Star – the first time in 800 years. Light It’s all about light in December.  Holidays are centered around light. I’ve never seen … Continue reading

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